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UAA's Ivy O'Guinn (right) and Sarah Freistone finished third and fourth, respectively, at the GNAC Championships on Oct. 20.
Courtesy: Ritch Fuhrer

UAA looks to defend West Region titles

Courtesy: UAA Media Relations
Release: 10/30/2012
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THIS WEEK: The nationally ranked Alaska Anchorage cross country teams will look to sweep the NCAA Div. II West Regional Championships for the third straight year when they head to Kahuku, Hawaii, on Nov. 3.

MEET DETIALS

WHAT: NCAA Div. II West Regional Championships
WHEN: Nov. 3 - Men's 10K at 10 a.m. ADT, Women's 6K at 11 a.m. ADT
WHERE: Kahuku Golf Course, Kahuku, HI (Hosted by Hawai'i Pacific University)
NOTES: The UAA women's squad enters the meet as the No. 1 team in the West Region, while the men's team comes in at No. 2 behind Chico State ... UAA's regional rankings have gone unchanged since the preseason ... the top five teams at the regional meet will automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships on Nov. 17 ... the men's team is trailed by No. 3 Western Washington, No. 4 Humboldt State and No. 5 UC San Diego ... the women's team leads No. 2 Chico State, No. 3 Simon Fraser, No. 4 Seattle Pacific and No. 5 Cal State Stanislaus ... additionally, the top 25 runners will be awarded all-region honors.

WEST REGION PREVIEW:
The Seawolves will aim for their third sweep of the championships after accomplishing that feat in 2010 and 2011 ... the men's team will look to qualify for the NCAAs for the fifth straight year and seventh overall, while the women's team will attempt to advance for the fifth straight time and ninth overall ... individually, senior Micah Chelimo (Kapkoi, Kenya) will look to defend his title from a year ago while earning his fourth all-region honor ... also aiming for their fourth all-region accolades are seniors Jake Parisien and Miriam Kipng'eno, while senior Alfred Kangogo will strive for his third ... looking to pick up their second all-region performances are sophomores Dylan Anthony, Isaac Kangogo, and juniors Ivy O'Guinn and Susan Tanui ... Tanui (Eldoret Kenya), who enters the championship undefeated, will be challenged by CCAA individual champ Bridget Berg of Humboldt State ... Berg finished second at the region meet a year ago behind UAA's Ruth Keino ... Chelimo will attempt to fend off Isaac Chevez (Chico State), who won the CCAA Championships on Oct. 20 and finished runner-up to Chelimo in the 2011 region meet.  


NATIONALLY RANKED: The UAA men's and women's cross country teams continue to be ranked in the top 10 nationally in Week 6 of the U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association with the women's team and men's squad remaining at No. 5 and No. 7, respectively ... the women's team leads the West Region over Chico State (No. 2) and Simon Fraser (No. 3), while the men's team is No. 2, trailing Chico State and leading No. 3 Western Washington ... the women have been ranked in the top 10 for 39 weeks straight, while the men's team has cracked the top 15 for 26 consecutive weeks ... the final national poll will be released Nov. 7. See complete poll on page 4.


GNAC CHAMPIONSHIPS RECAP: Paced by individual wins from senior Micah Chelimo and junior Susan Tanui, the UAA men's and women's teams swept the 12th annual GNAC Championships for the third straight year on Oct. 20 ... the three-time defending champion and No.5-ranked UAA women's squad dominated the field, posting a GNAC-record 16 points - just one shy of perfection - with its five scorers in the top six ... Simon Fraser took second with 61 points and Seattle Pacific third with 104 ... the previous league record of 24 points was set by SPU in 2007 ... the men's team registered a GNAC-record 23 points - besting their own league record of 27, set a year ago ... WWU finished runner-up with 50 points, followed by Montana State Billings with 103 ... the women's title was their fourth all-time since joining the league in 2001, while the men's team collected its sixth GNAC title and seventh overall - UAA also won in 1997 when it was in the Pacific West Conference.








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